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  • If you believe that only certain people should get rights, you do not believe in the principles of a free country.

    Allow me to first say that this is the United States of America, a supposed free country. Everybody deserves their rights, because rights are not a gift from government, but instead a natural right given to us by our creator. Deciding that we can pick and choose who gets rights assumes that you are giving up your rights as well. Think about it! You are allowing a third party, the Federal Government, to decide who gets rights. This is a dangerous amount of power to give to government.
    Just look at what happened in recent history, the Patriot Act and the NDAA take away the rights of terrorists, "terrorist" being such a vague word is very dangerous in this context. There is no legal, definite definition of terror. Instead the definition is decided by the individual using it; in this case, being the federal government. Meaning that the Federal Government COULD declare it terroristic to protest them, meaning that if you speak out against government, your rights could be revoked! We have a right to protest, but if the Patriot Act and the NDAA have told us anything, it is that government isn't too concerned about rights right now.
    Also, we have no definite idea that a terrorist is guilty. Who declares them-self so perfect that they can decide who is guilty and who is not without so much as a trail by jury? I say that we try the terror suspect, and if he is guilty, try him/her to the fullest extent of the law, but once we revoke the rights of one, we revoke the rights of all.

  • Everyone Deserves Rights.

    No matter who you are or what you do, everyone has rights. A man that murders another gets a trial to prove whether he is innocent or guilty, no matter of the outcome. Everyone gets rights, no matter what race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion and no matter what you've done or if you have/how many people you have killed. You cannot take away semen's rights just because they are different in some way.

  • Yes yes yes!

    Should murderers have rights? Should rapists have rights? While both crimes are heinous we have decided that they do still have some basic rights in custody.

    I have a feeling the person asking this question is trying to imply that SUSPECTED terrorists should have no rights because this is the sort of rhetoric people use to justify a lack of due process "they're terrorists, they shouldn't have rights."

    Here's the thing until they are tried, convicted, and found guilty in a fair trial we do NOT know that. Investigators make mistakes with evidence all the time. Furthermore a lack of due process opens the door for outright corruption and abuse. It makes it possible for investigators to make things up to serve ulterior motives. In fact starting under Bush bounty hunters were used to find many of the so-called terrorists and very little was ever asked of them to prove they weren't just grabbing random people to make money.

  • Why does it matter?

    It doesn't really matter if we jail the little guys indefinitely. If we have enough evidence then we can take them in, but a lot of the time we don't. What really matters is not the little guys who do various minor threats and suicide bombings but the big honchos, whom for the most part we have enough evidence to convict. I think that terrorism should allow a suspension of certain rights of prisoners but only if we can convict them. Also terrorist is a bad name as it evokes many emotions rather than clear thinking. All of the anti-terrorist legislation was made after 9/11. Do you really think that this was decided by fear or clear rational thinking by informed voters?

  • Like Any Criminals; Also "terrorist" needs to be differentiated from "SUSPECTED terrorist"

    Should murderers have rights? Should rapists have rights? While both crimes are heinous we have decided that they do still have some basic rights in custody.

    I have a feeling the person asking this question is trying to imply that SUSPECTED terrorists should have no rights because this is the sort of rhetoric people use to justify a lack of due process "they're terrorists, they shouldn't have rights."

    Here's the thing until they are tried, convicted, and found guilty in a fair trial we do NOT know that. Investigators make mistakes with evidence all the time. Furthermore a lack of due process opens the door for outright corruption and abuse. It makes it possible for investigators to make things up to serve ulterior motives. In fact starting under Bush bounty hunters were used to find many of the so-called terrorists and very little was ever asked of them to prove they weren't just grabbing random people to make money.

  • Yes, they should be given rights while in custody.

    While I do not actually think that our rights are god-given or can't be taken away, I do think that the idea that all men should have the same rights that we have is righteous. Terrorists do infringe upon our rights, so they will be treated as criminals under our law after being declared guilty, but we should not cross the lines that our own country has drawn.

  • Our rights are said to be unalienable.

    While I do not actually think that our rights are god-given or can't be taken away, I do think that the idea that all men should have the same rights that we have is righteous. Terrorists do infringe upon our rights, so they will be treated as criminals under our law after being declared guilty, but we should not cross the lines that our own country has drawn.

  • Yes

    The rights of a criminal in the army. And that is not many. Terrorist need to be dealt with swiftly so that others know we are not messing around and we want them to end their terror. I do not think they should have many but they do deserve the basic ones.

  • Terrorists are humans. We are all equal.

    ⇨ Terrorist are humans, thus they (the terrorist human beings) are equal to us and should enjoy the same rights as we (the non-terrorist human beings) do. After all, what is the difference between a murderer and a terrorist? On a strictly legal basis, they both have killed for a certain reason (rational or not). For one, it is normal in society to provide him or her with a lawyer, a trial and a human treatment. Then why, for the other, would it be so outrageous to give him or her the same rights?

  • Everybody has rights.

    All humans are entitled to human rights, terrorists are still human, therefore terrorists have rights. To quote Martin Luther King: "An eye for an eye leaves everyone blind."
    If we respond to terrorism with no respect for basic principles such as equality, fairness and a right to live, we are no better than them.

  • They Should Not

    No, terrorists should not have rights. The act of terrorism should strip the person of any and all rights. Terrorism is such a violent way to make a statement. Terrorism is not a spur of the moment thing. It requires weeks, months and sometimes years of planning to carry out a single act of terrorism. If a person can focus that much time and energy on the destruction of property and human lives, they do not deserve rights.

  • They are not loving and do not act like a natural human beings.

    They obviously want to kill. They should just get their rights taken away when ever they commit a crime because it is just not right. If every country did this there would be a lot of more information on terrorists and criminals than there is.

  • No don't be ignorant.

    Why should we value their lives when they kill Americans, it shows they have no value for ours. Don't forget we are in war and millions of soldiers are killed every day. A terrorist has no respect there for we should not show them the respect of an attorney or any rights.

  • Do you give "cancer" a chance for Due Process?

    I believe that cancerous evil people that commit horrendous crimes shouldn't have due process. You go ahead and support and fight for the freedom for criminal rights, I will continue to support the rights of the victims and the people that don't want criminals in our society. I don' believe Terrorist Criminals should have any rights like anyone else.

  • Absolutely Not

    No, terrorists should not have rights. Terrorists are indoctrinated into this violent way of thinking and living at an early age. They would have to be thoroughly brainwashed and trained until they became completely consumed by their cause. It probably would not even matter to a terrorist if he had rights or not – the only thing that would matter to him would be his mission. It’s actually very scary how they can work slowly and patiently over years sometimes, just to accomplish death and destruction.

  • why should they

    Terrorists have no remorse for the things that they have done and are truly monsters who have destroyed people for the sheer objective of reaching some goal that could have been handled differently. Terrorism is a blatant infringement upon the basic human rights of all people. Every Human has the right to life and terrorism attacks are horrific events that infringe upon basic human rights.

  • Terrorist Want to take away your right to Life and Security

    Your own rights involve the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Why should we give rights to terrorist who want to take those things away from us. Terrorism stands for everything that the United States doesn't and people who stand for those horrible things should not be given any support whatsoever. They are enemies of the United States and should be treated as so.

  • They Only Understand Force

    The terrorists we find ourselves in conflict with do not respect our rights, our country, or our Constitution. It is obvious to me, they do not have rights, especially if found on the battle zone as an ILLEGAL COMBATANT. These terrorists have no rules and no honor. They should be tortured for information. If the information is false, then bring in their family and show them how "serious" we can be. For those of you who believe that the terrorists are human with equal rights, then don't we have the equal right to act as they do? Why should we be "better"? That's pretty arrogant to say that we're "better" then they are. After all, we are all just people.

  • In a way yes, but mostly no.

    Innocent until proved guilty, but, if they are guilty then they should be stripped of their rights. Even if they are an American citizen. They have to pay for what they have done. But it they are not proved guilty then they still have rights because, it is better to let 10 alleged terrorists get away than to have one innocent person be condemned.

  • They take Rights

    Terrorist by definition is someone who uses violence to force others to do as they wish, this takes away the rights of this other group, along with many of their lives. I believe that a group that orders its members to carry out actions such as flying planes into buildings just to get their way, don't deserve the same rights our founding fathers fought for.


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Anonymous says2013-08-29T20:14:05.237
Wow, some people here are either plain sociopaths or simply don't know what they're talking about, especially considering the wide range of acts that can be considered terrorism these days.